By Daily Telegraph Reporter Last Updated: 11:43AM GMT 26 Jan 2009
The RAF has tried to shoot down suspected UFOs as part of a Government directive, it has been claimed.
Pilots have apparently fired upon the unidentified objects without success since the 1980s, according to Nick Pope, who used to run the Ministry of Defence's UFO project.
"There was a faction in the MoD who said 'We want to shoot down a UFO and that will resolve the issue one way or another'," he told The Sun.
"We know of cases where the order has been given to shoot down - with little effect to the UFO."
Mr Pope claimed that the RAF only attempted to engage when the mysterious objects were perceived to be a threat.
How do the Brits know that little green men are terrorists?